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Establishing Bible Authority

Old Testament Review This article is the first of three that shall examine the subject of establishing Bible Authority. A study of both the first and second covenants will yield a greater understanding of how authority works. There are members of the body of Christ who continue to be confused about various questions such as marriage divorce and remarriage, the two covenants, who is a false teacher, and more recently the A. D. 70 Doctrine. The objective of this study will not be to answer all your Bible questions and solve all the "brotherhood issues." The objective is rather to remind us all of the initial direction we must take when seeking out answers to Bible questions. As one studies both the first and second covenant laws an interesting fact comes to the surface. Though the laws change God's founding principles revolving around authority remain the same. No matter what...
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Grace

By Travis Pyle What is grace? W. E. Vines defines grace as Divine favor (p.501). How do we obtain grace? Grace is a gift from God, Romans 5:15, "But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath about unto many." God has given His grace to all men (Titus 2:11). Many people of the denominational world would say since it is a gift an individual must do nothing to receive it. The Bible teaches the contrary (Acts 2:38). The Gospel's Relationship to Grace: How shall we obtain faith except we hear the word of God? From times of old, God has given us a way for his creation to be saved. Isaiah, a prophet ordained by God, went forth...
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"Demas Hath Forsaken Me"

by Jarrod Jacobs Paul's words, "Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world... " are familiar to most students of the Bible. Demas was one of Paul's friends and companions (Colossians 4:14; Phile. 23-24). He associated himself with Paul, and other Christians. Have you ever wondered why Demas "loved this present world"? What was he doing? Paul did not reveal the specifics. However, there are lessons for us to learn from this short verse. Demas is the example of all who have (or will) become unfaithful to God in this life. When Paul said, "Demas hathforsaken me, having loved this present world" we learn: He Had Misplaced Love. Demas loved "this present world" rather than God. Though this is not an uncommon thing (even today, Il Tim. 3:1-5, esp.v.4), it is still tragic!! Those who are Christians, must understand that our first priority in this life is to love...
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ZECHARIAH

God brought sword, pestilence, famine, and wild beast to Judah due to her rebellious ways yet she refused to lay these things to heart (Isaiah 42:25). Jeremiah told the rebellious house of Judah that she would go into Babylonian captivity for seventy years so that she may be corrected and punished for her persistent sin (Jeremiah 25:11; 30:12 and 31:17-20). During these seventy years they were to experience the chastening of the Lord (Jeremiah 30:23-24). They would come to be "ashamed" of their rebellious ways (Jeremiah 31:19). Their shame would lead them to "repent" and call upon the Lord in prayer and praise (Jeremiah 31:19). The Lord promised the captives that after seventy years were accomplished in Babylon he would bring them back to Jerusalem (see Jeremiah 29:10). Though the days of captivity were very unpleasant there were greater days to look forward to (Isaiah 44:1-8). God would bring his...
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Distinctive Gospel Preaching

Beautiful sermons are recorded in God's word. Studying the content of sermons preached is extremely valuable to our Christian walk. We learn how to perfect the heart in holiness by studying the Sermon on the Mount at Matthew 5-7. We learn the connection between God's grace, forgiveness of sins, and man's obedience by studying Paul's sermon at Acts 13. We learn about the value of Old Testament commandments to our modern day Christian lives by studying Stephen's sermon at Acts 7. The gospel of Jesus Christ has the power to save men's souls from an eternity of hell (Romans 1:16). Those who present the gospel carry with them God's power to transform and save men's lives (see Colossians 1:13-14). Aside from the great doctrinal lessons of salvation learned by studying these sermons we also learn something about man's character. As these sermons were preached there were reactions and responses. At...
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